Sloppy Play Hurts Trojans As They Fall 5-2 In Game Two Of Series To No. 17 UC Santa Barbara|
March 25, 2016
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Walks, errors and hit-by-pitches hurt the Trojans as No. 17 UC Santa Barbara plated five runs on just three hits to come-from-behind to defeat the Trojans 5-2 in game two of the series at Caesar Uyesaka Field.
The Trojan pitchers walked six batters, hit three and had one error in game two of the series, and four of the Gauchos’ five runs were scored by base runners that reached via the walk, hit-by-pitch of error. The Trojans (10-11) outhit the Gauchos (18-3), 7-3 in the loss.
The Trojans jumped out to a 2-0 lead, first plating a run in the first inning on a David Oppenheim (Mercer Island, Wash./College of the Canyons) RBI double, and then adding a second as they took advantage of a Gaucho error. In the third, Timmy Robinson (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View HS) reached on a walk and AJ Ramirez (Phoenix, Ariz./Bakersfield Christian HS) doubled to right field. As Robinson was going first-to-third on the hit, the throw from Gaucho right fielder Michael McAdoo was off and went to the backstop, allowing Robinson to come home from third.
However, in the fourth the Gauchos tied things up as starter Brad Wegman (Temecula, Calif./Great Oak HS) walked the first two batters of the inning. The lead runner was cut down at 3rd on a fielder’s choice bunt attempt, but the next batter Josh Adams doubled to bring home two and tie the game, 2-2.
The Gauchos added on one run in the fifth and another in the sixth to make it a 4-2 game. In the fifth, Andrew Calica, who reached on a fielding error by Trojan third baseman Adalberto Carrillo (Santa Ana, Calif./Tustin HS), advanced to second a passed ball and scored on a Dempster Grover single.
In the sixth, the run came in on a fielder’s choice after the leadoff batter JJ Muno was hit-by-the pitch, stole second and subsequently third base and came home a fielder’s choice as the throw to the plate by Franke Rios (Lakewood, Calif./Long Beach Poly HS) was offline.
The final insurance run in the eighth came as the lead off man was walked and Muno tripled him home.
Wegman took the loss, falling to 2-1 on the year. Gaucho starter Noah Davis took the win to advance to 2-0 on the year and Kyle Nelson earned his second save of the year.
The Trojans head back down to Los Angeles and Dedeaux Field for the final game of the series, hosting the Gauchos at 2 p.m. PT .